El Salvador clinch historic last-eight berth
El Salvador clinched second spot in Group B to advance to the quarter-finals, defeating Argentina 4-3 in an all-or-nothing clash at Ravenna/Italy 2011. The win marked a historic occasion for the Salvadorans, who, prior to this tournament, had failed to collect a single win, while it sent the Argentinians home early.
In a quickfire exchange in the space of just 43 seconds, El Salvador’s Frank Velasquez scored with a cross-shot before Luciano Franceschini and Jonathan Levi both netted to put Argentina one up on the Central Americans. However, making amends for his earlier penalty miss, Ruiz nodded home to knot things at two apiece.
Jose Membreno then scored from a free-kick midway through the third period, while Walter Torres also scored off a free-kick to give El Salvador a two-goal lead. A late surge from Argentina saw Jonathan Levi reduce the arrears, scoring his second, but it was too little too late. El Salvador claimed a historical last-eight berth where they will face a tough test against hosts Italy on 8 September.